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Hillary Clinton among partygoers at billionaire kids’ wedding in India

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Former US secretary of state Hillary Clinton and a host of Bollywood’s biggest names were among guests as the daughter of India’s richest man got married.

Mukesh Ambani’s daughter Isha, 27, married Anand Piramal, the 33-year-old son of another multi-billionaire, Ajay Piramal, on Wednesday in a traditional ceremony in Mumbai.

Video showed Mrs Clinton dancing with Indian actor Shah Rukh Khan
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Video showed Mrs Clinton dancing with Indian actor Shah Rukh Khan

The marriage brings together two of India’s most influential families.

Mukesh Ambani, who is worth $43bn (£34bn) according to Forbes magazine, is the chairman of Reliance Industries, which owns businesses in energy, textiles and telecommunications firms.

The marriage brings together two of India's most influential families
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The marriage brings together two of India’s most influential families
Mukesh Ambani is thought to be worth up to £37.5bn
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Mukesh Ambani is thought to be worth up to £34bn

Ajay Piramal, who is worth $4bn (£3bn) according to Forbes, is the chairman of Piramal Enterprises, which has interests in pharma, healthcare and financial services.

The wedding took place at the Ambanis’ 27-storey billion-dollar home in Mumbai, which is known as one of the most expensive homes in the world.

The Ambanis billion-dollar home in Mumbai
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The Ambanis’ billion-dollar home in Mumbai
Lights have gone up at the Ambanis billion-dollar home in Mumbai
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Lights have gone up at the Ambanis billion-dollar home in Mumbai

The structure was draped in red roses and lit up with lights for the occasion.

According to India’s Filmfare magazine, 600 people were expected at the event, which has been dubbed “the big, fat Indian wedding”.

Bollywood stars Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Abhishek Bachchan spotted at the event
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Bollywood stars Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Abhishek Bachchan spotted at the event
Amitabh Bachchan was among the famous faces at the wedding
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Amitabh Bachchan was among the famous faces at the wedding

It comes after international pop star Beyonce was hired to perform at an elaborate pre-wedding bash in Udaipur, Rajasthan, in the lead up to the big day.

Among the wedding guests were high-profile newlyweds Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas, and Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh, along with cricketer Sachin Tendulkar and Bollywood star Aamir Khan.

Actress Priyanka Chopra and US singer Nick Jonas caused a media storm when they married recently
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Chopra and Jonas caused a media storm when they tied the knot
Actors Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone tied the knot in another high-profile wedding
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Singh and Padukone got married in another high-profile wedding this year

Video soon emerged on social media appearing to show Mrs Clinton and another former US secretary of state, John Kerry, dancing with Indian actor Shah Rukh Khan.

Bloomberg previously reported that the wedding was expected to cost up to $100m (£79.8m), while someone close to the family said it would cost no more than $15m (£12m).

Not everyone on social media was in awe of the lavish festivities, though, with some saying the money could have been used to “single-handedly eradicate poverty in India”.

Despite being one of the world’s fastest growing economies, one in five Indians – 270 million people – live in poverty, according to 2012 figures from the World Bank. Latest figures put the country’s total population at 1.3 billion.

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